Deirdre Girard

Deirdre Girard

Deirdre Girard, who has a passion for creating distinctive stage roles for women, completed her MFA in Playwriting at Boston University. She has had dozens of one-act plays produced nationally and internationally and her first full-length play The Christina Experiment was produced by the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport, MA. Deirdre was named a 2012/13 and returning 2013/14 Playwriting Fellow at...
Deirdre Girard, who has a passion for creating distinctive stage roles for women, completed her MFA in Playwriting at Boston University. She has had dozens of one-act plays produced nationally and internationally and her first full-length play The Christina Experiment was produced by the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport, MA. Deirdre was named a 2012/13 and returning 2013/14 Playwriting Fellow at New Repertory Theater in Watertown, MA, where she developed Reconsidering Hanna(h), which was produced by Boston Playwrights Theatre in 2014. In 2015, Deirdre was selected for the BCA/Company One Play Labs developmental program and in 2016 for the TWSS program at Central Square Theater. Most recently, she completed a commission from Peabody Essex Museum for two one-act plays inspired by their Wearable Art collection, and had readings of her play Shaken in Boston and Chicago. She is the founder of Writer’s at Play (a Boston University Alumni Playwriting Group), a visiting playwright/instructor for the Massachusetts Young Playwrights Project, an editor for the New England New Play Alliance, a member of numerous theater organizations such as The Dramatist’s Guild and Stage Source, and co-founder of TideTaken Playwriting Collaborative which operates a 40 seat rehearsal studio available at no cost to North Shore theater organizations.

Plays

  • Dollar for Dollar
    Rachael isn’t speaking to her best friend, and her foster mother (while amusing) is severely challenged in the role model department. Both of which leave Rachael feeling profoundly lonely and isolated as she deals with the most devastating problem of her troubled life. Only in her books and her imagination does she find the comfort and strength to reconnect with her community, speak up, and finally reclaim...
    Rachael isn’t speaking to her best friend, and her foster mother (while amusing) is severely challenged in the role model department. Both of which leave Rachael feeling profoundly lonely and isolated as she deals with the most devastating problem of her troubled life. Only in her books and her imagination does she find the comfort and strength to reconnect with her community, speak up, and finally reclaim her dignity.
  • Shaken
    Beth’s been living under an assumed name in rural Vermont after fleeing Boston eight years earlier in the wake of her imminent arrest for a horrific crime. But when her half sister Jasmine unexpectedly shows up armed with a law degree and breakthrough medical research, the two women begin a journey that explores the nature of justice and truth in a biased world— a journey that will change their relationship...
    Beth’s been living under an assumed name in rural Vermont after fleeing Boston eight years earlier in the wake of her imminent arrest for a horrific crime. But when her half sister Jasmine unexpectedly shows up armed with a law degree and breakthrough medical research, the two women begin a journey that explores the nature of justice and truth in a biased world— a journey that will change their relationship forever.
  • Little Jewel
    Ashley has recently returned to the Boston housing project where she was born. Her old friend, and now boyfriend, Jake is thrilled that she’s back from the upscale foster home she’d been living in, even though it means she had to give up her dream of going to Berklee college of music. He takes her to his favorite place, a dilapidated and abandoned underground music hall, where the play unfolds. Here Ashley...
    Ashley has recently returned to the Boston housing project where she was born. Her old friend, and now boyfriend, Jake is thrilled that she’s back from the upscale foster home she’d been living in, even though it means she had to give up her dream of going to Berklee college of music. He takes her to his favorite place, a dilapidated and abandoned underground music hall, where the play unfolds. Here Ashley slowly regains her confidence, and begins to sing again, while Jake and his cousin Chuck move illegal cargo in and out of the building. In this sacred space, secrets emerge—why Ashley is running away from her foster family, why she stopped singing, and what exactly is in the boxes Jake and Chuck are moving. The answers converge in an explosive ending that may destroy them all. This play is inspired by the actual Steinert hall in Boston—by the idea that no matter how much we may want to bring a historic building back to life or see a young adult reach their potential, sometimes that can’t happen. But there is still inherent life, beauty and nobility. Little Jewel is a fast paced gritty drama focused on issues of economic disparity, and infused with love, betrayal, mystery, and jazz.
  • Duplex
    Amelia has just been through a nasty divorce and ended up with her luxury condo in Boston and the Duplex she and her husband rented out in the gritty, fading mill town of Haverhill. She has absolutely no idea how to be a landlord, but is called out in the middle of the night after her tenant Cynthiana’s dog Tammy (also known as Tam Tam) is killed by a coyote. Slowly, the sophisticated but vulnerable Amelia is...
    Amelia has just been through a nasty divorce and ended up with her luxury condo in Boston and the Duplex she and her husband rented out in the gritty, fading mill town of Haverhill. She has absolutely no idea how to be a landlord, but is called out in the middle of the night after her tenant Cynthiana’s dog Tammy (also known as Tam Tam) is killed by a coyote. Slowly, the sophisticated but vulnerable Amelia is drawn into the blue collar world of her tenants— quirky Cynthiana with her baffling sense of entitlement and the mysterious and charming Kyle. The unlikeliest of friendships develop, along with a brutal betrayal and surprising notes of grace. Duplex is a comedy with edge-- it takes on economic disparity and predators of all kinds— the ones we can live with and the ones we can’t.
  • Reconsidering Hanna(h)
    Hanna, a brutally blunt international journalist, is struggling to come to terms with her husband’s violent death. After accepting a seemingly tame assignment, she becomes increasingly obsessed with uncovering the history of another Hannah: the infamous Hannah Dustin who was kidnapped by a Native American raiding party in 1697. Soon the individual stories of the two Hanna(h)s begin to merge into one portrait...
    Hanna, a brutally blunt international journalist, is struggling to come to terms with her husband’s violent death. After accepting a seemingly tame assignment, she becomes increasingly obsessed with uncovering the history of another Hannah: the infamous Hannah Dustin who was kidnapped by a Native American raiding party in 1697. Soon the individual stories of the two Hanna(h)s begin to merge into one portrait of a smart woman, torn from the only world she knows, who crosses the line between civilization and savagery. RECONSIDERING HANNA(H) questions the truth of our historical and personal narratives, examines the dormant primitive instincts that can erupt in the hearts of individuals and cultures, and takes us on a journey across the centuries with two unflinching women who desperately seek their own salvation.
  • Widow's Walk
    Maddie, Claire, Marie and Sherry all decide to take a risk in the middle of their lives and open a café together after their friend Phil makes their dream possible far sooner than they thought. It’s a bit of a risk personally and financially, though the only real issues seem to be Claire’s half-imagined rivalry with Maddie for Phil’s affection, and Marie’s refusal to entertain any menu item that might appeal to...
    Maddie, Claire, Marie and Sherry all decide to take a risk in the middle of their lives and open a café together after their friend Phil makes their dream possible far sooner than they thought. It’s a bit of a risk personally and financially, though the only real issues seem to be Claire’s half-imagined rivalry with Maddie for Phil’s affection, and Marie’s refusal to entertain any menu item that might appeal to the loathsome “Foodies.” But soon the secret that brought these women together resurfaces, threatening not only the viability of the Café, but their very freedom. Widow’s Walk examines the complex bonds that tie us to relationships, especially when those bonds are strained by unwelcome insights and desperate circumstances.